On Sun, Aug 11, 2013 Russell Standish <li...@hpcoders.com.au> wrote:
> All evolutionary processes have variation, selection and heredity. Yes. > What is missing from cultural evolution is an equivalent of the central > dogma. > How on earth do you figure that? Ideas can be passed from one person to another. Sometimes a person modifies the idea before passing it on to somebody else. Some ideas are good at infecting minds and thus get selected to play a major role in culture, and other ideas are not so good at infecting minds and thus become extinct after just a few transmissions and play no role in future culture. > Not all evolutionary processes have the central dogma - and even in > biological evolution, epigenetic changes > violate the central dogma. > How on earth do you figure that? There is certainly variation in epigenetic changes. If epigenetic changes can not be inherited then they are rather dull and play no part in evolution. If they can be inherited then in some animals those changes will work better than others in getting the animals genes and methylation levels and whatever other heredity factors there are into the next generation. And Darwin said that's all you need to get Evolution going; he knew nothing about DNA much less epigenetic changes but that doesn't matter because Darwin's logic still holds true whatever the heredity factors are. John K Clark -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Everything List" group. To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an email to everything-list+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com. To post to this group, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit this group at http://groups.google.com/group/everything-list. For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/groups/opt_out.